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Rome, Open City

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During the Nazi conquest of Rome in 1944, Resistance commander Giorgio Manfredi is pursued by the Nazis as he seeks safety and an escape route.

Open City (Roma città aperta) is a 1945 Italian neorealist war drama film directed by Roberto Rossellini and co-written by Sergio Amidei and Federico Fellini. Set in 1944 Rome, the film follows a wide cast of individuals living under Nazi occupation, with a focus on a Resistance fighter attempting to flee the city with the assistance of a Catholic priest. The title relates to Rome’s declaration as an open city following August 14, 1943. It is the first installment of Rosselini’s “Neorealist Trilogy,” which also includes Paisan (1946) and Germany, Year Zero (1948).

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